Southern Research Seeks Innovative Ideas from Established Investigators / Researchers

Southern Research Institute has a long history of noteworthy research and development within the Life Sciences and Engineering disciplines. Examples of these include several marketed oncology drugs having their origins in our Life Science laboratories and the imaging systems used in NASA's successful Return-to-Flight program developed within our Engineering division.

As part of Southern Research's evolution, capabilities and technologies in both Life Science and Engineering areas have advanced, and a clear overlap across disciplines has been identified that Southern Research is now interested in exploiting to address unmet scientific needs. Southern Research's expertise in discovery and development of new molecular entities in combination with strengths in material science and environmental research leads to multiple unique interdisciplinary research opportunities.

We seek to expand our innovative and entrepreneurial research environment through new initiatives aimed at integrating different disciplines in order to tackle real-world technology challenges not commonly addressed in more conventional research silos. Our objectives are to identify cutting-edge, visionary research that sets the stage for future technological breakthroughs and execute those programs by adding talented investigators to our growing team.

Southern Research's planned new discovery facility will provide investigators with a collaborative environment in which creativity and ingenuity will fuel research that will impact real world problems. Making full use of the expertise of diverse groups within Life Sciences and Engineering, Southern Research will be able to make significant contributions in answering some of science's toughest problems. In addition to our new facility, Southern Research is committed to assisting investigators with internal funds to facilitate the development of visionary programs.

Southern Research is therefore soliciting proposals from established investigators to bring their ideas and programs to our team. Ideas should be submitted in the form of a brief non-confidential white paper and should include a discussion of the nature and scope of the research and the proposed technical approach. Please refer to the submission guidelines.

The Interdisciplinary Innovation Team consisting of internal as well as external advisors will review all papers. The evaluation of the papers will consider:

  • To what extent does the proposed technical approach suggest and explore creative, original or potentially transformative concepts?
  • How well conceived and organized is the proposed technical approach?
  • How important the proposed activity is to advancing knowledge and understanding within its own field or across different fields?
  • How available are qualified technical personnel in this area of expertise?

Investigators with prior experience working with or leading interdisciplinary teams are particularly encouraged to submit a white paper. Submissions will be accepted through August 1, 2012. Correspondence may be directed to Gini Bell at innovation@southernresearch.org. All will receive acknowledgement of receipt of their submission.

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